Colin Braun captures pole in Italy, finishes 9th in Monaco Ovalo TX - Colin Braun became the first American driver ever to capture a pole position in an International, Italian kart race, in Parma Italy on October 20th. Driving a Fox Kart with...
Colin Braun captures pole in Italy, finishes 9th in Monaco
Ovalo TX - Colin Braun became the first American driver ever to capture a pole position in an International, Italian kart race, in Parma Italy on October 20th. Driving a Fox Kart with Fox engine, the young American bested a 34-driver field from across the world. The race was the 3rd round of the Italian Industries Trophy held at the Kartdromo circuit in Parma Italy.
Not only was Colin the only American driver in the race he was also the youngest, having reached the minimum age of 13 just 2 weeks before. Colin was running solidly in the top 4 during the race when he was hit from behind by David Rotar from Italy and spun into the grass. Colin recovered to finish 16th.
The week before the factory Fox team was in Monaco racing for the Monaco Cup, a kart race using part of the famous Formula One track, including the front straight, and the Rascasse hairpin. The track was very tricky, being completely lined with walls, and one mistake resulted in a crash. Colin had problems in qualifying and ended up 30th in the 36-kart field.
In the race he made steady progress to the front, avoiding the many crashes and picking off drivers under braking into the tight hairpins. By the end of the 14-lap race Colin had worked his way to 9th place. This result was a great addition to the Fox team's victory by driver Ben Horstman in the top kart class of Formula A.
Coello Racing, the US importer of Fox Karts, arranged for Colin to do 3 race weekends and 7 days of testing in Europe. The Fox Kart team provided top-notch equipment. Factory driver, Ben Horstman, helped Colin in learning the fine points of the Junior Intercontinental A class, and the rough and tumble European driving style.